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Poster: stratocaster Date: Dec 5, 2006 3:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Tom Thumb's Blues

Great tune for Lesh back in the day...these are 3 of the better versions I've come across...maybe I'll remember more later...

no particular order...

03-27-1985 the first...Phil starts it up in his deafening 85 manner for the debut...sloppy sure, but the band plays it out nicely to be definitely worthy a listen...

06-22-1993 a gorgeous summer day in Deer Creek...this is one of the best, Garcia is all over it with sparkling leads...

05-21-1995 great ensemble sound, with Garcia hitting all the right spots...

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Dec 5, 2006 4:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

This was my fav Lesh tune. In additon to the ones you mention, try Halloween 1991 (if you like Bruce's squeeze box sound) and the Three rivers show in 90 that is a view from the vault release

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Poster: BryanE Date: Dec 5, 2006 3:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

A couple of Lesh lyric liberties from that song:

I started out on Heineken, but soon hit the harder stuff
(Dylan started out on Burgundy)
I'm going back to San Francisco, I do believe I've had enough
(Dylan was going back to New York City)

Something tells me that Bob wasn't at all bothered by his interpretation.

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Poster: elkdog Date: Dec 5, 2006 6:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

I got tired of String Cheese Incident a long time ago, but they covered this song really well, with some of the same lyrical liberties taken by Lesh (tentacles, drummer, no Heineken). The 11/1/2000 Asheville show is the best I've heard from that band (I saw them 2 nights earlier, which was still a fine show), and they nailed Tom Thumb that night. Check it out (streamable, lossless, all points in between, like the good old days):

http://www.archive.org/details/sci2000-11-11.dsbd.shnf

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Dec 5, 2006 8:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

also - tentacles are all in a knot ( fingers - Dylan)

my best friend my drummer ( dylan - doctor )won't even say what is was that I DROPPED ( Dylan - got )

note the edit is to correct my incorrect spellling of Knot ( what was I thinkin? )

This post was modified by johnnyonthespot on 2006-12-06 04:12:06

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Poster: BryanE Date: Dec 5, 2006 4:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

Good call-forgot about those.

Tentacles. Creepy.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Dec 5, 2006 6:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

yeah and what's with the eye stalks? Creepier

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Poster: JodyC Date: Dec 5, 2006 6:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

Hey JOTS- Are you the Chico guy? If so got your cds today. Thanks. How do you print the setlists on the sleeve like that? I'll report on all the stuff thats new. Thanks for the effort! Sorry to go off thread!

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Dec 5, 2006 6:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

Nah, that's HighFlow. I'm the Alaska guy and I should be thanking YOU! Got the 2-21-95 today and it sounds SWEET! Ya hear that all you 95 haters? It's a damn fine show, especially set I. Thanks Jody!

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Poster: JodyC Date: Dec 5, 2006 7:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

I agree completely about the 95 show. Very good no matter the conscensus is. Thanks for the clarification and enjoy!!

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Dec 5, 2006 8:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

I'll be enjoying on the ride in tomorrow thanks to you. Glad to see someone other than someone who only saw 90's shows can appreciate this. Helps my sanity to know I'm not off base. I mean the first set especially is VERY good - how can you not like that Salt Lake City? And the Music Never Stopped just growls. Even the T.Jed is good. And Visions of Johanna? Sweet! Anyway, thanks again!

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Poster: JodyC Date: Dec 6, 2006 6:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

No problem. Not sure where you are off to, but have a safe and enjoyable trip. Adios amigos.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Dec 6, 2006 12:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

Wish I was going somewhere. No, just the hour drive in to work. The advantage of commuting ( besides being able to afford where I live ) is that's my listening time. Don't allways get a chance to get a REAL listen at home. I mean a 30 minute Dark Star ( more if you throw in the Dew or whatever comes next )uninterrupted with a house full of kids? Not often. But an hour drive each way? Makes the gas prices hurt a lot less that's for sure.

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Poster: JodyC Date: Dec 6, 2006 1:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

Understood. I usually only listen on the way home for a half hour. Takes all week to get thru a show. I'm a fan of the Bob and Tom morning show as I usually need a laugh before work (during work and after work doesn't hurt either).

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Dec 6, 2006 1:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

Bob and Tom? Names sound familiar for some reason. Syndicated?

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Poster: JodyC Date: Dec 6, 2006 2:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

yeah, they are syndicated nationwide.Go to bobandtom.com for a station near you.

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Poster: JodyC Date: Dec 6, 2006 2:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

yeah.

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Poster: high flow Date: Dec 6, 2006 1:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

Those guys are hilarious. I don't listen often, but on vacation sometimes I'll tune-in. Good stuff. Same humor as we use here. The "see what sticks" method of comedy.

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Poster: Cranky1 Date: Dec 6, 2006 4:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

Always one of my favorites....Nobody does Dylan like the Dead...

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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: Dec 5, 2006 6:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

Hey Strat - Nice to see you on and posting (especially about music - since it seems like there is little talk about it anymore on this forum)

I was at the Nassau breakout 3-27 and thought it was good, I also like the Hershey 6-28 version but for some reason the 4-1-85 Portland version always gets me. This is the second attempt at the tune and Jerry faintly trys some second vocals on some verses. I still remember the crowd that night, once Phil started, you could hear a pin drop, far cry from the NYC crowd.

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Poster: Dancinbears Date: Dec 5, 2006 8:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

quote: "Nice to see you on and posting (especially about music - since it seems like there is little talk about it anymore on this forum)"



that was mostly my fault... sorry :(

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Poster: Fishead Date: Dec 5, 2006 6:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

ever hear the one from 2-26-90 ??http://www.archive.org/details/gd90-02-26.sbd.shakedown.451.sbeok.shnf

for those who haven't, check this one out for sure.

great stage banter on this one - :)

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Poster: Scrim Date: Dec 5, 2006 5:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

I have always liked the Tom Thumbs at Hershey, 6-28-85

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Poster: The Bopper Date: Dec 5, 2006 6:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

Stratocaster good to see you back.

My fav is 11/5/85 out of space. What a great placement for this tune. And Phil calls out for Jerry with a "GARCIAAAA' right before one of Jerry's solos.

This sweet sounding board makes it that much better, http://www.archive.org/details/gd85-11-05.sbd.lai.1188.sbefail.shnf

This post was modified by The Bopper on 2006-12-06 02:30:18

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Poster: ducats Date: Dec 5, 2006 3:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

there is no way Jerry hit all the right spots during the summer of 95 - sorry.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Dec 5, 2006 3:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

you didn't even take the time to listen to it...believe me I'll seen Garcia asleep at the wheel, but this was Jerry in the pocket...

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Poster: cosmicharlie Date: Dec 5, 2006 4:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

yeah, I walked out of a June 1970 GD show after hearing the first song or two (acoustic), thought it was cowboy shit. I was really closed minded and judgemental-I thought i knew everything. So I blew off the Dead till 10/9/76, my first complete show. Then I woke up and smelled the roses...ahhhhhhh!

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Poster: ducats Date: Dec 5, 2006 4:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

I'm up to "thought I heard a jug band" can't listen anymore

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Poster: cosmicharlie Date: Dec 5, 2006 4:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

lol

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Poster: JodyC Date: Dec 5, 2006 7:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tom Thumb's Blues

You may want to defer to Strats opinion, he's generally right on and has no need to stretch the truth. Nice to see your posts Strat- stop by whenever you can.